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    Mid-rangers are an interesting beast in this smartphone market. Publicized unlocked phones have become a more common occurrence. ZTE wanted to be the uncommon occurence. The Chinese manufacturer made a point in renaming its US brand — one tarnished by security doubts and locked-in by a legion of low-end devices (some 66 being actively sold in the US market, ZTE claims) — and kicking things off in high-end fashion with the launch of the Axon smartphone. Axon's competitors, which include Huawei and Xiaomi, took phones from their home-market production, watered them down to "Lite" or ...

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    It’s been about two weeks since Apple Music made its debut on iOS. We’ve already given our first impressions, and highlighted some of its best features, but after having used it on an almost-daily basis, what’s the takeaway? Is Apple Music worth your time, or is it just another “me too” streaming service further condensing the market? My experience with Apple Music so far has been almost overwhelmingly positive. From the moment I first launched the app, and selected some of my favorite genres and artists, it’s felt like a personalized music experience made just for me. The ...

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    Why do so many corporations support BlackBerry and iOS, but not Android? That's a question I get asked quite often, and one that I find myself in the middle of with my own employer. I don't work for Pocketnow full-time. I've got a day job with a manufacturing company right here in Northern Utah. While this takes time away from reviewing awesome new hardware and hacking custom ROMs and Kernels on my platform of choice, it gives me a unique perspective. I carry an Android that I bought with my own money even though my day job offered to buy an iPhone for me. That choice came with some ...

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    Consider for a moment that you hate how your phone looks. Or consider the very opposite – you love how it looks and you want it to look pristine until all the sands of time have fallen. Or consider you have a coupon. For whatever reason, you have disregarded all the designers and builders at your OEM of choice and you have decided to cover up your new beauty with..something. Well, let’s talk about those somethings. The case for the case Cases are one of the first things people think of when considering how to best protect their investment. Make no mistake; a phone is an investment. ...

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    By now you've seen the stories coming out of San Diego Comic Con featuring the new top contender for nerdiest phone gadget of 2015, the Wand Company's Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator. Some folks close to the manufacturer have known about the project for months, while others attending SDCC are going hands-on with the prototype even as I type these words. Because I'm in neither of those groups, I've spent the afternoon sitting in a New York sidewalk cafe fruitlessly throwing money at my computer screen and waiting for it to cough up a communicator of my own. I'm taking a break from that ...

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    We've all experienced it, as time passes our smartphones and tablets seem to get slower and slower. We've told ourselves that it's just all the crap valuable software that we have installed. We've told ourselves that applications keep getting bigger and more complex (and ultimately slower). We aren't wrong. All those things contribute to both actual and perceived slowdowns, but there may be one other contributing factor that is not only slowing us down, but hurting battery life in the process. How much? According to one study, smartphones could be 20 times faster and battery life could be ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    Reading the articles on Pocketnow, you might think that everything is always perfect and that we never have problems with our tech. That couldn't be further from the truth! Here are just a few tech failures that I've had to deal with this week. Do you have the time? I love my Moto 360 smartwatch - despite the fact that changing the band on it literally drew blood. It gives me the information I need right when I need it, thanks to its always-on, battery munching Ambient Display. Earlier this week right around noon, I noticed a low-battery card pop up on the round display strapped to my ...

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    It's getting to be that time of year again. As IFA 2015 edges just mere months away, and the rumor machine keeps churning out new evidence of a Galaxy Note 5, we're starting to get antsy over what Samsung's next phablet might hold in store. Of course, it's all anyone's guess at this point, but the Pocketnow team has quite a lot on its Galaxy Note 5 wishlist. Adam Doud Take a look at my review rebuttal of the S6 Edge, which is a great phone. Add a stylus to that, and fix battery issues and this is going to be another great phone. However, the Note series is for the productive types, so ...

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    If you pit three struggling companies against each other, what happens next? In an ideal world for the smartphone enthusiast that wants to see everybody succeed ... well, they do. But in reality, things aren't that simple, and the smartphone market becomes an every-man-for-himself race to see who can innovate faster. Who can pack more features. Who can market their products best. That's all easy when you're a giant corporation like Apple or Samsung, with billions of dollars to throw towards whatever research team or ad firm they want, but when you're financially in the red and literally ...

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    So, let me channelize my inner Seinfeld as I ask the question, “What’s the deal with designer made smartphones?” I mean, over the years we’ve seen fashion labels and automobile companies work with phone manufacturers to come up with some branded devices. And let’s face it, more often than not they end up being quite tacky and ridiculous. They would like us to believe that they’re some kind of exclusive, limited edition works of craftsmanship, but the results are almost always a tacky mash up of uncomfortable and gaudy hardware bits and baubles coupled with mediocre half baked ...

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    BlackBerry isn’t a name you hear mentioned in the mobile space anymore. It’s strange, since they used to be one of the biggest names in the smartphone industry, but like Kodak’s reign over photography, stagnancy deprecates relevance, and BlackBerry quickly fell by the wayside with the rise in popularity of the iPhone and similar products. Sure, they’ve picked back up a bit with BlackBerry 10, but with less than 1% market share, the company’s certainly fallen from its former dominance. Lately we’ve been seeing rumors going around that BlackBerry may be considering making an ...

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    Ever since junior high school I've worn a smartwatch - whatever the definition of "smartwatch" was at the time. Whether it was a calculator watch with a calendar and contacts storage, or a watch with an altimeter, barometer, and moon phases, I tried to wear the latest tech on my wrist. Yeah, I'm a geek, but you already knew that. Most of those watches had plastic bands, but as I've gotten older I've gravitated to metal or leather bands. One of the first upgrades I performed on my LG G Watch was the installation of a black metal band. My Moto 360 came with an elegant leather band, but I ...

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    When I got my current daily driver, the Xperia Z3 Compact - it was one of the very limited options there were, if you were looking for a phone with flagship level specifications in a smaller form factor. If you're looking for a device in the same category today, almost a year later, your options will still be very limited. In a mobile technology space that's becoming increasingly competitive, it's surprising how so many OEMs have a formulaic way of managing their smartphone portfolios. As a result of this approach, almost all of the flagship level devices that we see today have gigantic ...

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    Founded in 1985, Qualcomm has made the processors that enable our mobile devices since it started making CDMA base stations in 1990. Since then the company has focused its attention on SoCs - systems on a chip - that are at the core of today's smartphones and tablets. Qualcomm is even taking aim at the processors that run in servers and datacenters and Snapdragon processors have even found their way into our smartwatches. Then the Snapdragon 810 was announced, and things started to go downhill - quickly. Snapdragon 810 To bring you up to speed on the Snapdragon 810 debacle, the chip ...

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    I recently paid a visit to my childhood home in rural New York, and because I'm not a normal person, it stirred memories of telecom from days gone by. Between updating my parents' smartphones and walking around to determine which corners of town were still waiting for LTE, I saw quite a few older handsets strapped to the belts of the predominantly pragmatic locals, mixed in with the tourists' generally flashier iPhones and Galaxy S6s. It got me thinking about mobile phone features from years past, features we considered indispensable in the days of old but don't really give a hoot ...

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    If you've been hanging around Pocketnow for the past few weeks, you know of our recently rekindled interest in Google's Nexus 6. We brought our AT&T demo device off the back burner last month, kicking off the summer with an After The Buzz re-review of Motorola's oversized phablet, followed by a feature piece on Google's Nexus 6-only Project Fi service. Despite its monstrous dimensions and (arguably) high price tag, the Nexus 6 has a devoted following among Android fans – and with Android 5.1 having smoothed some of Lollipop's launch wrinkles, most of us here at the P-Machine ...

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    Running low on storage sucks. As I'm sitting typing this, I'm deleting files off of the external drive I store video on so I have room for new clips in the future, because I'm nearly out of storage. Nobody likes seeing the "low storage" warning on their devices, and it's even more frustrating when it happens on your smartphone, since there's already so little room on there to begin with. At least I had a whole terabyte to go through before almost filling my external hard drive. On my phone, there's only 32 GB to begin with, not even factoring in what's allotted for the system image — ...

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    Innovate. Catch up. Innovate. Catch up. Google. Apple. Apple. Google. Rinse and repeat. There are definitely reasons why Android has the world on its platform and why iOS is the only feasible contender in the US. That's for another article. Meantime, Windows has been struggling, struggling and struggling with the slow waddle towards feature-packed Windows 10 for mobile. Blackberry's been comfortable serving its corporate and security niches in the market with its own software and hardware, though they might succumb in the mobile platform race soon. webOS is off of smartphones and onto ...

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    As fun as it can be to marginalize and criticize them, smartwatches are magical pieces of technology. From something as mainstream as an Apple Watch to something as fringe as a Cogito Classic, today’s wristborne wearables are modern miracles of miniaturized intelligence. As I say at the top of every Pocketnow Weekly podcast, these real-life tools are the manifestation of many childhood dreams, mine included … and it’s incredible to stop and think about just how complex they really are. All of which makes it doubly frustrating when these supposedly “smart” devices screw ...

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    Editor's note: In the gulf between iPhone releases and in the run-up to the next Windows Phone resurrection, the ratio of Android to non-Android phones in our review inventory continues to rise. As a result, this piece is written from a predominantly Android-centric perspective. Everybody wants awesome smartphone battery life. Whether you’re addicted to the latest power-draining augmented reality game or just trying to get through a day of texting and talking, the panic moment is a familiar one: mid-afternoon, no charger in sight, and a pop-up dialog warning you that you’re 15% away ...

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    It's in vogue these days to complain about the horrible user interface direction that Microsoft has turned to in their Windows 10 Mobile preview and its associated apps. Most of the clever and beautiful design innovations Microsoft brought forth with Windows Phone 7 and 8 are getting thrown out. Maybe the "Metro" design language idea isn't going to translate well between large screens, laptop screens, and small screens like Microsoft needs it to for their one-operating-system-to-rule-them-all vision for Windows 10. Or maybe Microsoft wants Android and iOS users to feel like it's a familiar ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    OEMs are trying to find their place in this landscape. Some are more successful at this than others. But the one thing that many of these OEMs have in common is the fact that they’re all looking for that one magic bullet. That one thing that really sets them apart from others. Sometimes it’s building materials. Sometimes it’s software. Today, we’re talking about one such magic bullet – the curved screen phenomenon that we’ve seen of late. Curved screens have been somewhat elusive until recently for two real reasons. First, finding a durable material that could work being bent ...

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    You could be forgiven for getting a little sick of hearing about Samsung's new Galaxy S6 Active. By the time this piece hits the feeds, Samsung's rugged superphone will have gotten unboxed, drop-tested, compared with its lighter-weight Galaxy S6 sibling and given the full review treatment. We tend to cover smartphones to death here at Pocketnow, and this mil-spec box of techno-toughness is certainly no exception. But there's more to say about the Galaxy S6 Active, and this time the story is a very specific one. If you've listened to the Pocketnow Weekly podcast or checked out our After ...

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